Porzellanmanufaktur FÃ¼rstenberg has partnered with the team at Foster + Partners to bring us Datum â€“ a new geometrically accomplished porcelain series presented in two versions of white.
Datum is the first porcelain tableware series designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Porzellanmanufaktur FÃ¼rstenberg. The design of Datum follows a pure and controlled geometry. The plates, cups, mugs and bowls in the new series are dimensionally linked, creating an interchangeable and stackable family of tableware. Alongside the clear design language, this modular system also offers exceptional functionality and contemporary flexibility.
The core concept of the Foster + Partners design team was to explore the relationships between each piece in the tableware collection. The dimensions of the individual pieces are carefully calibrated within a grid matrix creating a direct interplay between them. This formal geometry and its precise execution enable multiple functionalities and efficient stackability. All pieces boast radii of millimetre precision and wafer-thin gradations on the underside, enabling them to be stacked in five different product groups. Datum is synonymous with systematic functionality in a pioneering design â€“ and keeps enabling new combinations for individual applications. For example, a plate can be used as the lid of a bowl, allowing you to keep food warm or store it in a fridge for later.
The Datum porcelain series is available in two white versions: firstly, the classic gloss glaze on the inside and outside, as well as a further version featuring a matt satin glaze on the external faces and a gloss glaze on the inside. The interplay between glossy and matt white expresses the unique tactility, purity and reflectivity of the material.
Achieving pure geometry represents one of the most technically demanding challenges when handling porcelain. “Straight geometries and right angles are incredibly hard to achieve in porcelain and Datum was a tough challenge for our modellers. Displaying their great passion for the art of porcelain, they succeeded in making the impossible happen. This is our hallmark as genuine craftspeople,” remarks Stephan Hofmann, head of production at FÃ¼rstenberg, explaining the production process.